TSA’s Precheck now allows you to get into NFL games. Crazy, right? Idemia has started making deals with NFL teams to use Precheck as a “fast pass” for stadiums, starting with the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium and the New York Jet’s MetLife Stadium. I repeat – crazy, right? You can even enroll on the spot and use that pre-screening the next time you fly. Levi’s stadium will also use Idemia’s biometric scanning to “assist in fan experience and security” in the near future, although the company hasn’t elaborated on what that means exactly.
I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around this. Not because I don’t understand how this works, but because the two systems seem totally separate. Yes, you’ve got security checking people into the stadium as well, but I guess I see the TSA Precheck as something “serious”. And maybe I don’t view stadium security in the same light?
What’s neat about the stadium use is that it’s extremely convenient. If you’re late for a game, you don’t have to panic quite so much. But at the same time, you’re handing over your personal information just so you can attend a football game. With more and more security breaches on our hands, is this even worth it? If enough people sign up, Precheck could lead to others being disadvantaged or being treated with suspicion. Some might wonder why you don’t have Precheck. Do you have something to hide? … Read the rest
It makes me a little bit mad when people say that athletes should “stick to sports”. Mostly because I think anyone can have an opinion or stand for something, and it doesn’t have to be related to their career. Jason Gay, from the Wall Street Journal, makes the comment that if you think that athletes should “stick to sports”, you’re going to be disappointed. But why disappointed? When I say “stick to sports”, I’m specifically talking about athletes who are getting involved in political issues. But people think that they should stick to what they know. This whole idea is coming up because of NFL players, like Colin Kaepernick who have knelt during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and the oppression of African-Americans.
This whole idea is coming up because of NFL players, like Colin Kaepernick who have knelt during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and the oppression of African-Americans. What I’m hearing, however, is that athletes shouldn’t be able to protest anything. And more specifically, protest the oppression of African Americans and police brutality against this same group. And what makes Kaepernick so under qualified to be able to protest? Especially about this topic. I understand that people aren’t tuning in to an NFL game to get your opinion on politics, but taking a knee shouldn’t have this big of an impact on the game. And yet it does.
So let’s unpack that for a moment. … Read the rest
Federal judge Amos Mazzant has granted a request by the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of a six game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was already eligible to play in Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants, but his suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy was to begin Monday. With the injunction granted, Elliott likely will be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out. If the request had been denied, Elliott would have been able to appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to ask for an immediate stay.
What happened exactly? On August 11, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Elliott’s six game suspension after the league found that he had inflicted physical harm on former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in July of 2016. Elliott has denied the claims. Authorities in Columbus (where the alleged incident took place) did not pursue charges against Elliott, but the league policy on personal conduct has a lower burden of proof threshold than a criminal conviction. Goodell worked with a four-person advisory committee to determine whether Elliott deserved to be punished. However, it was revealed that there were some issues with Thompson’s credibility and would not have recommended discipline for Elliott based on what was found.
This is all extremely interesting, don’t you think? On one hand, they are saying that the suspension couldn’t be given because the witness (or ex girlfriend in this case) wasn’t credible enough to provide the proper statement. … Read the rest